This is not so much a review as my personal thoughts. First, I am ashamed of myself for not having picked up a Robert Parker book before now. I have missed so much and I have so much catching up to do now. I regret, a little bit, that this book is actually near the end of the Spenser series. However, the author did a great job of incorporating the bits of history that were needed to understand the story in this book.
My knowledge of Spenser, previous to this book, is based on the 1980s TV show Spenser: For Hire. I have to say that the character as portrayed in the TV series didn’t really resonate with me. My next encounter with a Robert Parker character was in the Jesse Stone movies. Well, I loved the character of Jesse Stone, so when I had an opportunity to take my pick of books from a small library collection, I decided to give Parker a try. I am so glad I did.
I really liked the straightforward writing style, which seemed appropriate for the characters and the story he was telling. I also enjoyed the relationship between Spenser and Susan. It was evident in this book that they had been together for a long time, worked through the challenges presented by their work and personalities, and were still delighted by each other’s company. Sometimes it seems to me that there are no longer any successful relationships in fiction, so this was refreshing.
Hawk, Chollo, and Vinnie, what a group of compatriots. I love the fact that these guys are so loyal to Spenser and Susan, and that they can go back and forth from being all business to jovial companions. In this book they are charged with guarding Susan from a killer while Spenser is working to build the case against him. He’s already killed a client of Spenser’s, the client’s wife, and perhaps more as Spenser digs deeper into his past.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of detective fiction, or lovers of a well-written story.